Table 1

Aetiology of pericardial effusions managed with percutaneous pericardiocentesis

Diagnosis% (n) TotalEthnicity (n)
WhiteBlackAsian
Malignancy44 (20)1721
Tuberculosis26 (12)39
Idiopathic11 (5)5
Post-cardiac surgery9 (4)31
Post-MI4 (2)2
Autoimmune (SLE, rheumatoid arthritis)4 (2)2
Viral2 (1)1
  • MI, myocardial infarction; SLE, systemic lupus erythematosus.